Latest Updates

Latest updates

This page was last updated: March 24

The health and well-being of our Bobcat family is our No. 1 priority. For this reason, we have made changes to university operations for the remainder of the spring semester:

Commencement – We intend to hold an in-person Commencement at a future date. However, because of the coronavirus and uncertainty it has introduced, we are postponing our originally scheduled May dates for Commencement 2020. Read more in our full announcement

All university housing is closed – All university housing has been closed and locked as of 9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18. Students are not permitted to return to any of the campuses and we will provide information at a later date on when and how students can retrieve their belongings from residence halls and other buildings.
 
Student mail services – Students should notify certain senders, including pharmacies, to redirect automatic deliveries to their homes for the remainder of the semester. While the university will continue to receive and process student mail and packages for the remainder of the semester, the university will not repackage and redirect mail to students’ homes. Please contact the Central Mail Room at 203-582-5379 with additional questions.

Online support center
If you have any urgent questions remaining, please send an email to COVID19SupportCenter@qu.edu and a representative of our university will personally respond (please include a phone number in case we need to call you).

Student Care Fund

Student Care Fund

We are aware that students may be facing unexpected financial burdens as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The university is collecting money for students struggling with unexpected expenses — including housing, food, resources for remote learning, storage, medical and travel and loss of income from their on- or off-campus jobs or work-study positions. 

Students who have faced or will face financial strain due to COVID-19 are asked to submit a request for financial assistance through the online Student Care Fund application. Funding is available to students who meet the eligibility criteria outlined by the Dean of Students Office. Full details on eligibility and how to apply can be found on the application page.

How to Best Protect Yourself

How to best protect yourself

Please remember that the best protection is self-protection and self-monitoring, especially in this flu season. We have an obligation to stay away from others if we are ill, or suspect we are ill. Health officials recommend the following measures to minimize your risk of contracting any virus:

  • Take care of yourself: Get plenty of sleep, good nutrition, stress-relief and exercise – a healthy body is the best defense against illness.
  • Wash your hands: Wash your hands with soap frequently and completely, for at least 20 seconds, and especially after sneezing, shaking hands/bodily contact with another individual, and before eating.
  • Cover your cough properly: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing, don’t use your hands.
  • Don't touch your face: Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Keep your distance: Avoid contact with others who are sick – health officials call this “social distancing” and recommend staying about three feet away from someone who is sick.
  • Rest at home: Stay home and do not travel if you’re sick.
  • Travel wisely: Be mindful of the risks of illness during travel, including any travel you have planned over spring break.
  • Get a flu vaccine: If you have not already, get a flu shot as soon as possible. This is helpful because the symptoms of the virus and influenza are very similar.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Topics include:

  • Housing / Residence Halls / Refunds 
  • Campus Operations / Facilities / Buildings  
  • CDC Recommendations on Exposure and Self-Isolation 
  • Online Classes 
  • Online Learning Support 
  • Experiential learning / labs / clinicals 
  • Travel / Study Abroad 
  • Financial Aid / Work Study 
  • Financial Help
  • Course Registration / Registrar 
  • Employees / Personnel 
  • Events and Commencement 
  • Health, Wellness, Counseling and Safety 
  • International Students 
  • Veteran and Military Students 
  • Prospective Students and Parents (Admissions) 
  • Background on university decisions 

How Quinnipiac is Prepared

Task Force

Task force
Our coronavirus task force here at Quinnipiac is comprised of university leadership and medical professionals across a variety of fields and disciplines, as well as personnel from our Emergency Management Team. The task force meets daily and is focused on addressing the difficult challenges presented by the realities of this global health crisis.

  • Keith Woodward (Chair)
    Associate Vice President for Facilities Operations
  • Dr. Phillip Brewer
    University Medical Director for Student Health Services
  • Jen Brown
    Interim Executive Vice President and Provost
  • Monique Drucker
    Vice President and Dean of Students
  • Dr. David Hill
    Professor of Medical Sciences and Director, Global Public Health Program
  • Lisa O’Connor
    Dean, School of Nursing
  • Daryl Richard
    Vice President for Marketing and Communications
  • Edgar Rodriguez
    Associate Vice President and Chief of Public Safety
  • Fred Tarca
    Vice President-Chief Information & Technology Officer
  • Mark Tortora
    Associate Director of Education Abroad Programs

Additional Resources

Additional resources

For additional information and resources about the coronavirus, we recommend the following:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC has a page dedicated to updates, educational information and tips, as well as travel warnings and guidelines.

World Health Organization (WHO)
The WHO has published a helpful Q&A addressing many of the common questions about the virus.

Connecticut State Department of Public Health
Find the latest information, guidance and resources on COVID-19 in Connecticut.